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Brighten up a room with these painting and wallpaper tips.
You Will Need
- Damp rags
- Painter's tape
- Drop cloth
- Paint roller
- Replacement roller pad
- 2 or 3" brush
- Roller pan
- Fan (optional)
- Small painter's brush (optional)
Smooth bumps & wipe
If painting a new wall with no previous paint, use sandpaper to smooth any bumps. If there are any holes, spackle and sand them. Then wipe with a damp rag.
Cover trim & floor
Cover the trim with blue painter’s tape and cover the floor with a drop cloth.
Apply a thick coat of primer with a thickly padded roller. This will hide any surface imperfections and keep the paint from peeling. Allow the primer to fully dry.
Tackle the edges first. Using a two- or three-inch brush, apply a band of paint along the edges of the ceiling, windows, doors, baseboards, and cabinets. This is called 'cutting in.'
Use roller to paint
Pour paint into a roller pan and use the roller to paint in an up and down motion. One technique: roll out a W shape in paint and then spread it evenly into a square.
Wait for 1st coat to dry
Wait an hour or so for the first coat to dry.
Apply 2nd coat
Apply the second coat with a fresh roller pad with a lighter shag. Use less pressure the second time around—just make sure the paint is distributed evenly.
Fill in spots
Use a two-inch brush—or even a small painter’s brush from an art store—to fill in or even out any spots you missed or that are too bulky or streaky.
Let dry & remove tape
Once the second coat is dry (in about an hour) carefully remove the painter’s tape.
Enjoy your newly painted wall!